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Symphonic Prog • United Kingdom


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The roots of CAMEL go as far as 1964, when the Latimer brothers Andrew and Bryan form part of a band called THE PHANTOM FOUR, after gaining some fame, the band changes their name to STRANGE BREW, a when the bass player Graham Cooper reaches the band. But things were about to change, Ian Latimer and Cooper leave the band and Doug Ferguson joins.

At this point drummer Andrew Ward joins the crew and the seeds were growing in this new Blues oriented band called simply THE BREW, and at last in 1971 with the arrival of keyboardist Peter Bardens CAMEL is officially born.

In their first period CAMEL releases four albums, the self titled debut, which was received with limited enthusiasm by the public, which lead to the change of label from MCA (Who didn't wanted to take risks) to Decca, with whom they stayed for 10 years.

Followed by "Mirage", Snow Goose" and "Moonmadness" (for many their essential trilogy), during the latest album tour, the saxophonist and flute player Mel Collins joins and leads CAMEL to a first radical change in the sound, as well as in the formation because Doug Ferguson is replaced by the Ex CARAVAN bass player Richard Sinclair.

With this formation CAMEL releases two albums, "Rain Dances and "Breathless", which marks for many the end of CAMEL'S golden era mainly because Pete Bardens leaves the band and the next release "I Can See Your House From Here" is considered inferior to the previous releases by the critic.

From this point the lineups constantly changes but the band still releases seven more albums received with different degrees of acceptance, until the last studio album "A Nod And a Wink" sees the light in 2002 (the same year Pete Bardens passes away) completing a large discography of 14 studio releases, 9 live albums, 7 DVD's and several box sets .

Maybe because their style is softer than most of the pioneer bands with atmospheric and light Space Rock overtones their fanbase is not as huge as the ones of the coetaneous and more aggressive bands such as GENESIS (Who in my opinion influenced CAMEL), YES or KING CRIMSON, but CAMEL is without doubt among the most respected groups, and the Latimer - Bardens duo is considered one of the most creative compositional teams.

If I had to choose one album from their prolific discography, my choice would be "Moonmadness" but others such as "Snow Goose" or "Mirage" are beloved by those who love good music.

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CAMEL shows & tickets


  • Camel at The Barbican Centre, York on 8 Jul 2015
  • Be Prog! My Friend on 11 Jul 2015
  • Camel at Real Jardín Botánico Alfonso XIII, Madrid on 12 Jul 2015
  • Camel at Le Kursaal, Dolhain-Limbourg on 15 Jul 2015
  • Camel at TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht on 16 Jul 2015
  • Night of the Prog X on 17 Jul 2015
  • Camel at MTP, Poznan on 19 Jul 2015
  • Camel at ICE Kraków, Kraków on 20 Jul 2015
  • Ramblin' Man Fair on 25 Jul 2015

CAMEL discography


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CAMEL top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.94 | 969 ratings
Camel
1973
4.38 | 1966 ratings
Mirage
1974
4.28 | 1720 ratings
The Snow Goose
1975
4.38 | 1690 ratings
Moonmadness
1976
3.57 | 705 ratings
Rain Dances
1977
3.13 | 585 ratings
Breathless
1978
2.83 | 514 ratings
I Can See Your House From Here
1979
3.60 | 564 ratings
Nude
1981
2.56 | 360 ratings
The Single Factor
1982
3.37 | 525 ratings
Stationary Traveller
1984
3.66 | 387 ratings
Dust And Dreams
1991
3.73 | 460 ratings
Harbour Of Tears
1996
4.03 | 647 ratings
Rajaz
1999
3.96 | 531 ratings
A Nod And A Wink
2002
4.24 | 384 ratings
The Snow Goose (Re-recording)
2013

CAMEL Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.27 | 314 ratings
A Live Record
1978
3.28 | 128 ratings
Pressure Points
1984
3.62 | 90 ratings
Camel On The Road 1972
1992
4.44 | 131 ratings
Never Let Go
1993
2.33 | 53 ratings
Camel On The Road 1982
1994
3.28 | 49 ratings
Camel On The Road 1981
1997
4.30 | 105 ratings
Coming Of Age
1998
3.83 | 53 ratings
Camel 73 - 75 Gods of Light
2000
3.56 | 60 ratings
The Paris Collection
2001

CAMEL Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

2.58 | 34 ratings
Pressure Points - Live in Concert
1984
4.53 | 94 ratings
Coming Of Age (DVD)
1998
2.90 | 21 ratings
Curriculum Vitae
2003
3.88 | 34 ratings
Footage
2004
3.78 | 26 ratings
Footage II
2005
4.00 | 31 ratings
Total Pressure (DVD)
2007
3.99 | 46 ratings
Moondances
2007
4.34 | 65 ratings
The Opening Farewell - Live At The Catalyst (DVD)
2010
4.05 | 20 ratings
In From The Cold
2014

CAMEL Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

1.47 | 8 ratings
Chameleon (Best Of Camel)
1981
3.29 | 14 ratings
The Collection
1985
3.73 | 25 ratings
A Compact Compilation
1985
2.40 | 7 ratings
Landscapes
1991
3.46 | 44 ratings
Echoes
1993
2.09 | 8 ratings
Camel (25th Anniversary Compilation)
1997
4.11 | 30 ratings
Lunar Sea - An Anthology 1973-1985
2001
4.01 | 30 ratings
Rainbow's End - A Camel Anthology 1973 - 1985
2010

CAMEL Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.61 | 23 ratings
Never Let Go
1973
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Snow Goose
1975
5.00 | 1 ratings
Flight Of The Snow Goose
1975
4.57 | 21 ratings
Another Night
1976
3.45 | 12 ratings
Highways of the Sun
1977
4.00 | 1 ratings
Breathless
1978
4.00 | 1 ratings
Your Love Is Stranger Than Mine
1979
0.00 | 0 ratings
Some Exerpts From The New Camel Album
1979
0.00 | 0 ratings
Remote Romance
1979
0.00 | 0 ratings
Remote Romance (German Version)
1979
0.00 | 0 ratings
Camel In Concert No.250
1981
5.00 | 1 ratings
Lies
1981
4.00 | 1 ratings
No Easy Answer
1982
4.00 | 1 ratings
Selva
1982
0.00 | 0 ratings
Cloak And Dagger Man
1984
3.00 | 2 ratings
Long Goodbyes
1984
0.00 | 0 ratings
Berlin Occidental (West Berlin)
1984
0.00 | 0 ratings
Lies (Promo Single)
1984
5.00 | 2 ratings
Captured
1986
4.86 | 18 ratings
Never Let Go
2002

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 Moonmadness by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.38 | 1690 ratings

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Moonmadness
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by A_Flower

4 stars Moonmadness is the fourth album from Camel. It is a very pleasent album. As for me, I like to put this one on when it's dumping snow outside and I have a good mug of hot chocolate. Moonmadness is not exactly the "really" amazing album (I like Snow Goose better) but it is one for the ages.

The album starts with "Aristillus" A two minute tune that sounds very ELPish with a spin. The beat in the background that continues throughout is good, and my favorite part is the bridge at a little past one minute. This is a great instermental to start a great album.

The next song is a bit longer and has lyrics. "Song within a Song" After the into, it calms down with some beutiful flute and background keyboard. Lyrics soon come in and it changes. One thing that does sort of bother me in this full album is the vocals. The song continues beutifully, but it's around the three minute mark when the riff hits. This is an amazing moment in prog history. After a minute of this, the song picks up speed and takes you away for the last part.

Then we get another instermental track. A song called "Chord Change" However I always felt they should have renamed it because "Chord Change" is sort of a boring name. Anyway, this starts with a fast beat and some scat after a minute. Then it calms down more and we get a gutiar solo. This part always made me thing of The Greatful Dead. At the four minute mark, it changes with a lick and a keyboard solo. My favorite part of the song. It slowly builds you up and reprises the into.

The next song is a ballad. "Spirit of the Water." It uses flute and piano, but if you think that's cool, just wait until the lyrics start. Pete Barden makes his voice sort of echo, it's amazing. It sounds as though it's echoing underwater! The piano and flute is also gorgeous and the lyrics are also amazing.

The second side opens with "Another Night" this sort of fades in a lot like "Flight of the Snowgoose". Then the gutiar kicks in. It's a pretty cool riff. The song slows down for the chorus, and then goes back. The instermental section starts close to three minutes. I have to admit, there's some pretty amazing drumming in here. The instermental ends at around four and a half minutes and then melody begains again, with another instermental section.

The next song, "Air Born", begains with a flute and piano underneath. Then you here a melotron sound and guitar. Accoustic guitar also is in it, I always loved this in the background. It then takes over the song with flute. This is a beutiful section of the song, but this song becomes amazing around two and a half minutes. Here, we have a guitar solo with keyboard in the background. It takes me away every time. The song ends with another melody, which really kicks in.

Finnaly, we have the final track on the album. "Lunar Sea" An instermental. The into makes sure you know this is underwater. Then the guitar comes in. This is a sort of fade in. I always listen to the bass of this. It's really cool. The song changes around two and a half minutes with keyboard taking over as a solo and an even better bass pattern. This is really good and lasts a while, but then a riff comes in and at the five minute mark comes the coolest transition ever. We then have the first bass pattern with keyboard taking a melody and a guitar as a solo. And around seven minutes comes a transition to the best part of the the whole album, the final riff. This tops everything off and we then get an intro reprise and some strange sound effects taking up the last minute.

Well, overall I think this album is amazing, though I am not giving it five stars. For much of it drags on a bit, though Camel can do that a lot. And, like I said before, the best time to listen to this is when it's snowing hard outside and your snuggles in a warm home with a nice mug of hot chocolate.

RANKING OF SONGS

1. Lunar Sea 2. Song Within a Song 3. Air Born 4. Spirit of the Water 5. Another Night 6. Chord Change 7. Aristillus

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 Mirage by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.38 | 1966 ratings

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Mirage
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by poeghost

4 stars Camel's Mirage is an excellent album which I enjoy very much and highly recommend. This classic era prog album would be a good starting point for people just getting into prog.

The instruments used are organ/keyboards, guitar, bass, drums and flute. I like the deep smooth vocals on "The White Rider" and "Lady Fantasy". The varied parts flow well together. Some parts have a relaxed feel. There are fast and heavy parts. In particular "Freefall" is a heavy rock song. "Nimrodel" is dreamy and mysterious. The beginning of "Earthrise" reminds me of a castle with a forest around it. A cool synth bass sound with higher pitched otherworldly echo effects is near the end of "The White Rider". The highlights to me are "Supertwister", "The White Rider" and the "Lady Fantasy" suite.

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 Breathless by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.13 | 585 ratings

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Breathless
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by Matti
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3 stars I have "inherited" this vinyl from my sister, and as my vinyl collection is not so big, I have still listened to this album from time to time, though usually skipping half of it. (And when I tried some oil painting as a teenager, this cover art was the first thing I made a copy of.)

So, this is an album in the CAMEL discography that I feel I should like more than I do. The preceeding Rain Dances, the jazziest Camel album (with the singing bassist Richard Sinclair bringing some Canterbury feel) is among my very favourites, and the 1979 album I Can See Your House From Here - featuring keyboardist Kit Watkins from HAPPY THE MAN - is also enjoyable, despite some throwaway pop songs. Breathless is very light-hearted, airy, jazzy, and most of the time, so goddamn lame.

'Breathless' is a totally toothless, light pop song; sounds pretty but goes absolutely nowhere. I have always liked Richard Sinclair's elegant voice, which is best presented on CARAVAN's In the Land of Grey and Pink (1971), but it's tied here with lousy songwriting. 'Down on the Farm', happy and humorous hommage to coutrylife, gets just boring with the chorus repetition.

Tracks like 'Wing and a Prayer' and 'You Make Me Smile' also remain lazy and half-baked. 'Summer Lightning' even features a cheesy disco feel, but the guitar solo in the end is lovely. The calm closing song 'Rainbow's End' wouldn't be so bad if the thin singing wasn't so terrible.

Two 7-minute tracks are the prog highlights in this pop oriented album: 'Echoes' and 'The Sleeper'. These are good compositions even on the general Camel scale, but there are too many weak tracks to give more than 2˝ stars. Rounded up for the happy atmosphere and a nice cover.

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 Camel by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.94 | 969 ratings

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Camel
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by ster

4 stars One heck of a debut.

Camel flies out of the gate as an exciting, mature and rocking prog band. I will admit that it can sound rather derivative, like "Mystic Queen" sounds to me a lot like Pink Floyd at times and King Crimson on others, but I still love it. A great song that flows along and doesn't rush itself. There's also some Santana, Tull, ELP and Yes moments as well on other songs. Almost as if the stew of their influences hasn't fully mixed yet. No lengthy suites here just seven tightly contracted tunes that only exceed 6 minutes on 3 tunes but are packed with detail and strong musicianship. Best of all, these tunes rock, Camel hasn't mellowed yet on this record, That will start on "Mirage".

Highly Recommended, four and a half stars rounded to 4, I won't call it a masterpiece but there isn't a moment I don't like on this album.

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 Nude by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.60 | 564 ratings

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Nude
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by progadicto

3 stars Between two of the most weak Camel albums at early 80, appears this "Nude" as a light into the night.

Perhaps "I Can See Your House From Here" (1979) and "The Single Factor" (1982) are not bad albums, they're far away from the early 70's Camel's masterpieces and even when "Nude" is not at the top of that list (and not even close to some 90's brilliant releases) still it's a good and enjoyable album.

Based upon the true story of a japanese soldier lost in an abandoned island 29 years after the end of WWII, Andy Latimer and friends built a conceptual album with some delightful highlights plenty of proggy sections and sensitive atmospheres. The album starts with the poppy soft sound of "City Life", the only track that sounds totally out of this conceptual attempt. But then after we face a nice list of tracks closer to neo-prog than the classic symphonic Camel stuff from the 70's, most of them instrumetal.

If I got to pick some highlights I'll choose the soaring "Drafted", which has simple and delicate lyrics and a short but beautiful guitar solo; "Docks" and "Beached" which forms a strong instrumental sonic landscape; the almost tribal sound of "Changing Places"; and the powerful, rhythmical and captivating "Captured".

Not one of the best Camel releases but a nice one to listen and meet Latimer's making some good neo-prog stuff...

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 Rajaz by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1999
4.03 | 647 ratings

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Rajaz
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams

3 stars Camel closed out the 20th century with this very good, and even sometimes great album. At this point the band was, of course, Andy Latimer, with ling time members Ton Scherpenzeel on keyboards and Colin Bass on himself, er... I mean bass, and Dave Stewart (no... not that guy... or that one either) on drums, along with a few extras.

The album starts on a high note. Three Wishes, an instrumental, comes of as a light fusion/symphonic piece, that stands up with some of Camel's best instrumentals. Lost And Found and The Final Encore follow. Both of these are fine symphonic pieces, that only suffer from a little too much borrowing from classic Genesis in instrumental arrangement.

The tone then gets mellower with the fine title piece, but stumbles on the banal Shout. Straight To My Heart is somewhat better, a folky tune with a low groove, similar to what Jethro Tull was doing around that time. Sahara is a gem, starting out like a Jeff Beck ballad, and building into a great showpiece.

Lawrence is a mostly disappointing closing track, but does build nicely by the end.

A solid three star album, but how many bands have produced better albums after over 20 years of recording?

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 Long Goodbyes by CAMEL album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1984
3.00 | 2 ratings

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Long Goodbyes
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by Guillermo
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3 stars It was until ten years ago that I first listened to CAMEL`s "Stationary Traveller" album, and it also was ten years ago when I wrote a review about it . And by the way, it also was ten years ago when I started to write reviews in Prog Archives and also I was asked then to become a Prog Reviewer. Tonight I discovered that this single was without a review, so I am writing a review about it.

I first saw the "Stationary Traveller" album in some record shops in my city in 1984, and more because it was released by a record label in my country. At that time, I never have listened to CAMEL, and I really was not interested in this band. It was unitl 1993 that I first listened to this band.

Like other Prog Rock bands, CAMEL by 1984 became a more commercially oriented band, and "Stationary Traveller", despite having some very good Prog Rock arrangements, was not an exception. The conceptual theme of the album is now somewhat dated (Cold War) but by 1984 it still was a bit relevant for some people. It also had some typical things from the 80s, like the use of electronic drums, the use of some then new digital keyboards which sometimes sounded like being programmed, and a very "digital" sound. It is a good album, anyway.

Maybe "Long Goodbyes" is the best song from that album, but the live version which was included in the "Pressure Points - Camel Live in Concert" video was played better, with more energy, despite being somewhat marred (like other songs from that video) by a very "telenovela" style conceptual video which was showed along the images from the concert. Fortunately, the band decided to re-release the video of that concert titled as "Total Pressure" with more songs years later ...and fortunately without those "telenovela" style scenes. "Long Goodbyes" is really a ballad, a good ballad, with music from Andy Latimer and lyrics from Susan Hoover (Latimer`s wife, who also wrote the idea for the concept of the album...and maybe also the ideas for those scenes which I don`t like from the original "Pressure Points" video).

The song from the B-side, "Waltzing Frauleins", was not originally included in the "Stationary Traveller" album, but it was included at the start of the "Pressure Points" concert video. I don`t like this song, but it was finally included as a bonus track in the reissued version of the "Stationary Traveller" album some years ago.

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 The Snow Goose by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.28 | 1720 ratings

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The Snow Goose
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by benbell

5 stars Apparently this album was originally intended to have lyrics telling the story of The Snow Goose, adapted from a novel by Paul Gallico. At some point during the albums production a copyright infringement complaint resulted in it becoming an instrumental album. I think this has to be one of the great disasters-turned-good of prog rock history as this album is sublime, and I can't imagine that lyrics would do anything but detract from it.

This is a strong concept album of repeated musical themes and passages which, combined with the lack of lyrics to hang titles on, means that I don't really associate track names with most of it. That said, the surprising but (to my taste) perfectly judged arrival of a brief orchestral woodwind interlude(!) means that "Friendship" is one track I know by name, and if someone insisted on listening to a snippet rather than the whole album I'd say it, and the two tracks either side ("The Snow Goose" and "Migration") are probably a high point.

Really though, this is an album that needs to be heard from start to finish. It's a beautifully conceived and executed work. Andy Latimer's guitar work is amongst some of the most expressive and emotional I've heard, and Peter Bardens does an equally fine job on various keyboards. The rhythm section deliver too, but for the most part this really is an album where any virtuoso pyrotechnics have been left outside the studio door and everything is there to serve the music as a whole.

If I don't give five stars for this, I probably never will.

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 Mirage by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.38 | 1966 ratings

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Mirage
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by maryes

5 stars In the "sacred trilogy" from CAMEL which comprises -"Mirage", "The Snow Goose" and "Moonmadness" - I consider "Mirage" the best between this three albums (although the two others are also 5 stars !!! albums)., and my argument is- While in "The Snow Goose" the band shows a more clear inclination to symphonic-prog and in "Moonmadness" this inclination goes slightly in a "soft space-prog" direction..."Mirage" is more eclectic and including besides space and symphonic- prog other styles such heavy-prog , jazz ...Already in the overture of track 1 "Freefall" the more heavy prog approach appears, with the "explosive" arrangement in this initial passage, and another detachable point of "Freefall" be in guitar and keyboard solo in a jazzy mood and the sequence melody (starting aprox 3 min 24 sec until 4 min 20 sec). The track 2 "Supertwister" remenber a FOCUS theme , where besides Latimer's flute the rhythm section in the more "fast" passages is also a high point. The track 3 "Nimrodel / The Procession / The White Rider" is a real eclectic track, because the parts are totally different in styles... the part 1 "Nimrodel" shows initially (after a brief introduction theme) a martial melody (with percusion and piccolo flute) leading the audience to a soft / mellow theme, the part 2 ( starting aprox. at 3 min 46 sec is a very fast and heavy theme with Barden's keyboards ( hammond-organ and synthesizer) "dictating the game", the part 3 "The White Rider" is a space-prog theme with a fantastic Latimer's slide-guitar solo. The track 4 'Earthrise" as the more close in style of "Moonmadness" musical proposition: a jazz-prog with space-prog hints. The track % "Lady Fantasy" ( another track in 3 parts) is probably the most know CAMEL track and in my opinion dispense any comment. Obviously my rate is 5 stars !!!

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 Rajaz by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1999
4.03 | 647 ratings

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Rajaz
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

3 stars CAMEL is one of those bands that I really dig the classic period but kind of gave up after "Moonmadness" simply because there are so many more exciting progressive rock acts to be found. After spotting RAJAZ at my local used music store I was memorized like a desert chimera since the album cover is ever so appealing and it is after all the highest rated album from this band since their classic period. OK I hadda check em out. So I did.

What surprises me about this album is that it doesn't really sound anything like classic CAMEL. This is in no way a symphonic progressive album that has a continuous feel from beginning to end. These tracks are all independent from each other and despite the name of the album and imagery of the artwork there is not really a Saharan desert feel or anything even close to an Arab or Middle Eastern feel to this album.

In fact I would say that this Andrew Latimer guitar oriented album falls into the camp of influence worship. To me I hear an obvious Floydian guitar frenzy dominating the soundscape but also some of the tracks are more of a Moody Blues song structure especially of their classic album "Days Of Future Passed." There is also an air of a Roger Waters or David Gilmour solo album going on here. It also borders on the ever so relaxing genre of elevator music. There is just enough going on here to warrant a 3 star rating. I find certain parts of this album quite satisfying but overall it gets dragged down a bit by the incessant need to relax and copy rather than innovating. CAMEL has always been a chill prog band and this takes that to a new level and that is certainly not the problem here. It's just that there seems to be more influence than creativity. A decent listen nonetheless.

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